Anonymous, locals will push for Amati's firing at Woodstock Council

WOODSTOCK – A few local efforts to get Woodstock Sgt. Charles “Chip” Amati fired will hit the Woodstock City Council meeting Tuesday.


The Chicago chapter of the international hacker group Anonymous has planned a rally at City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun St., during the 7 p.m. meeting. A separate, loosely formed group of Woodstock residents have prepared several talking points, which they’ll present to the City Council Tuesday.


Joseph Monack, a member of the local group formed on Facebook under “Amati Must Go,” said he expects a better turnout Tuesday than two weeks ago when he was the only one who spoke.


He said the group has been better organized since that night, and held a recent meeting to prepare a speech for the council.


“A lot more this time have committed,” he said.


Another Internet-grown effort from Anonymous has planned an event titled “Op Woodstock IL” for the council meeting. The group is meeting at the train station at 6:30 p.m. and marching to City Hall, according to the Facebook event.


Woodstock Police Chief Robert Lowen said the department is not planning to have extra police presence at Tuesday’s meeting.


Anonymous, which has pushed several other cases toward national attention with rigorous awareness efforts, caught wind of the situation at the Woodstock Police Department earlier this month.


Monack said the Amati Must Go effort wasn’t affiliated with Anonymous.


Amati, a 24-year veteran of the department, was suspended without pay for the city-maximum 30 days after an investigation revealed he sent inappropriate text messages to a 12-year-old girl and misused the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. In Illinois, the latter falls under official misconduct, a Class 3 felony.


The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office elected not to pursue charges against Amati.